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Our treating professionals have well over 100 years' collective acupuncture experience. Our team members are all committed to providing safe and effective treatment for a wide range of health problems, with a major focus on pain of all types.

Linda Rapson, MD, CAFCI, Medical Director

Since 1975, family physician Dr. Linda Rapson has worked exclusively in the field of acupuncture and related treatments, as both a clinician and an educator. She is the past Executive President of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (now called Acupuncture Canada) and since 1992 has been consultant to the acupuncture program at the University Health Network/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Lyndhurst Centre (TRI/LC). TRI/LC, where she is an Affiliate Scientist involved in researching the role of acupuncture in neuropathic pain, is the spinal cord rehabilitation hospital that is part of TRI. Dr. Rapson has an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Her expertise includes extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, particularly in the integration of acupuncture and nutrition with conventional medical approaches. Doctor Rapson has lectured extensively in Canada and abroad on medical acupuncture, particularly with respect to nerve pain.

Irene Biemann, BScPT, PT, CAFCI, RAc

Ms. Biemann graduated from Queen's University physiotherapy department in 1984. She worked at Lyndhurst Hospital, the spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital that is now part of Toronto Rehab Institute, for 11 years. She was co-founder of the Lyndhurst Hospital Acupuncture Clinic, where she coordinated and provided treatment for in- and outpatients from 1992-1995. She has worked with the Rapson Pain & Acupuncture Clinic since 1995. Ms. Biemann is professionally recognized for her expertise in the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries, particularly in the area of pain treatment. She is an instructor and examiner with Acupuncture Canada. Ms. Biemann utilizes many acupuncture techniques along with her physiotherapy skills to provide treatment for acute and chronic pain. Besides her expertise as a physiotherapist using acupuncture in her practice, Ms. Biemann is a Registered Acupuncturist in Ontario.

Wendy Zhang and Danny Li are highly regarded and exceptionally experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners who joined our team in 2015 on a part time basis. It is of note that Wendy Zhang as been successfully treating infertility in her Greektown office location for many years. Their biographies follow.

Danny Canhui Li, Ph.D (TCM), R.TCMP, R.Ac

Danny graduated from Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982. His training encompassed both TCM and western medicine, as well as post-graduate studies in internal medicine with a doctoral degree at the same university. Following fellowships at the New Jersey Medical School and the University of Toronto, he worked at SickKids Hospital, starting in 1991, to develop therapies for Cystic Fibrosis. He has maintained a private Traditional Chinese Medicine practice in Toronto since 1993, with special interest in classical acupuncture and herbal medicine for treatment of pain and a variety of internal dysfunctions. Danny served as the TCM program manager at Ryerson University, lead TCM instructor at the University of Toronto, and has received Excellence in Teaching Awards from both universities. He is the president of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (ATCMPAO) as well as the Program Co-ordinator and Instructor of the Chinese Medicine Program at Humber College.

Wendy Wei Zhang, R.TCMP, R.Ac

Wendy acquired professional training during an eight year program at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and obtained her Master's Degree in TCM diagnosis in 1989. She practised at Shenzhen TCM Hospital for another four years before establishing her private practice in Toronto 1993. Wendy was an instructor of TCM diagnosis and clinical acupuncture at Ryerson University. She is also a founding director of Ontario College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Wendy has extensive clinical experience in utilizing classical acupuncture, herbal medicine and cupping to treat a variety of conditions including asthma, digestive problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia, infertility, menopausal symptoms and many others. She has co-authored TCM books in both Chinese and English Languages.

Rosemary Anderson, BScPT, PT, D.O.M.P. (Diploma Osteopathic Manual Practice)

Rosemary Anderson graduated from University of Western Ontario and obtained her designation as a Physiotherapist in 1970. She also attended the Canadian College of Osteopathy and received her Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice (D.O.M.P.) in 2004. She also holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Knox College, University of Toronto (2007).

Rosemary has extensive experience in rehabilitation from her Physiotherapy position at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute's Neurology Program and as a Research Assistant for the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre. She was the Clinical Service Leader of the Neurorehabilitation, Physiotherapy Department at The Riverdale Hospital. She's been involved in teaching Physiotherapy Neuroscience Courses at University of Toronto and actively involved in University Task Forces, Educational committees, research, publications and presentations throughout her lengthy career in Acquired Brain Injury and Neuro-rehabilitation.

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